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Approved by Faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages, (Still under review)

APPENDIX III: Assessment Plan

CWU Department/Program Assessment Plan Preparation Form Department: _Foreign Languages________________________________

Program: _Foreign Language Majors _________________________

Department/Program Goals

Related College Goals

Related University Goals

Method(s) of Assessment (What is the assessment?)

Who/What Assessed (population, item)

When Assessed (term, dates)

Criterion of Achievement (Expectation of how good things should be?)

1. To ensure that students acquire and develop disciplined habits of critical thinking and creative expression, thus enabling students to make and communicate enlightened judgments.

“Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills”

“Enhance students’ civic knowledge and engagement, locally and globally”



Goal 6 – “Ensure that all members of the university community are provided equitable opportunities for intellectual development, growth, success, and reward”

Exams, quizzes, compositions, oral presentations, and interviews

Current majors

End of program

All students maintaining 3.0 GPA in major coursework


2. To offer quality undergraduate programming that engages students in effective learning communities (such as involvement with LLAS or APS), thus preparing them for professional careers or advanced study.


“Enhance inter-departmental collaboration”

Goal 6 – “Promote intellectual inquiry and encourage civility, mutual respect, and cooperation”

Exams, quizzes, compositions, analytical papers, oral presentations, and interviews

Current majors

Entry into, mid-, and end of program

Alumni acceptance into graduate programming

Students maintaining 3.0 GPA in major coursework

10% of Spanish, Japanese, or Chinese majors also pursuing a LLAS or APS minor


3. To offer students opportunities to engage in local or global service experience within their target language(s).

“Enhance students’ civic knowledge and engagement, locally and globally”

Goal 1 – “Integrate international experiences and global education in curricular and co-curricular initiatives.”

Journals, end of program report(s)

Current majors

Mid-program, end of program

70% of students studying abroad in countries where target language is spoken

25% student participation in service learning and community service activities requiring significant use of the target language



4. To provide advising and support services (clubs, tutoring, etc.) that will aid students in academic and career planning.


“Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills”


Goal 2 – “Deliver student services that respond to the interests and desires of the student body”

Alumni surveys, exit interviews, exit surveys

Departmental graduates/alumni

End of and post-program

35% student participation in clubs

90% of alumni and exit survey respondents evaluate advising as “good” or “very good” (4 or 5 on evaluation scale)




5. Department will maintain contact with alumni through periodic correspondence.


“Improve visibility of the college”

Goal 4 - “Build mutually beneficial partnerships”

Graduate/alumni database

Online surveys



Departmental graduates/alumni

End of and post-program


Establishment of database with contact information for graduates from the past five years (from 2002-present)

10% alumni participation in data gathering (surveys, etc.)



CWU Student Learning Outcome Assessment Plan Preparation Form Department _Foreign Languages______________________________ Program _Foreign Language Majors and Minors_____________________



Student Learning Outcomes (performance, knowledge, attitudes)

Related Program/ Departmental Goals

Related College Goals

Related University Goals

Method(s) of Assessment (What is the assessment?)*

Who Assessed (Students from what courses – population)**

When Assessed (term, dates) ***

Standard of Mastery/ Criterion of Achievement (How good does performance have to be?)

1. Development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in target language in accordance with the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines.

Goal 3 – “To offer students opportunities to engage in meaningful experience within their target language(s)”


“Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills”
“Improve knowledge of human cultures”

Goal 1 - “Integrate international experiences and global education in curricular and co-curricular initiatives”

Courses within the department are generally sequential; the acquisition of foreign language skills is cumulative. In most cases, a major’s completion of the program

requirements will show adequate development of these skills (at each level of the program in accordance with ACTFL guidelines)




All majors (Ellensburg campus)

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters

All students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in major coursework

2. Students will develop critical thinking competencies

Goal 5 – “To encourage students to acquire and develop disciplined habits of critical thinking and creative expression, thus enabling students to make and communicate enlightened judgments”


“Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills”

Goal 6 - “Foster and promote a stimulating and intellectually rigorous community”

Alumni survey

Exit survey




All majors (Ellensburg campus)

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters

70% of survey respondents evaluate the department’s effect on their critical thinking skills as good or very good (4 or 5 on evaluation scale)

3. Students will achieve pragmatic communicative competency in their respective target languages.



Goal 2 – “To offer quality undergraduate programming that engages students in effective learning communities, thus preparing them for professional careers or advanced study”


“Develop students’ intellectual and practical skills”

Goal 6 - “Embrace diversity, equity, social justice, and cultural responsiveness across the university”

Praxis exam (for language teaching majors)

Courses within the department are generally sequential; the acquisition of foreign language skills is cumulative. In most cases, a major’s completion of the program

requirements will serve as an indicator of reasonable communicative competency
Alumni survey


All majors (Ellensburg campus)

Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters

Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA in major/minor coursework

80% of survey respondents rate the department’s ability to prepare them to communicate in the target language as good or very good (4 or 5 on evaluation scale)

100% of language education majors receiving a score of 160 or better (passing) on Spanish or German Praxis exam and 158 or better (passing) on French Praxis exam (and passing scores for any other language we offer).


4. All majors should study abroad for one semester (or equivalent) in a country where the language is spoken.


Goal 3 – “To offer students opportunities to engage in meaningful experience within their target language(s)”


“Increase student participation in study-abroad activities and internships”

Goal 1 – “Integrate international experiences and global education in curricular and co-curricular initiatives”

End of program survey after study abroad experience

Grades from coursework taken abroad

Alumni survey

Exit survey



All language majors (Ellensburg campus)

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters

Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA for all coursework taken abroad

80% of survey respondents rate their “satisfaction with [their] experience abroad” as “very good” or “excellent” (A or B on Study Abroad Program Evaluation scale)



5. Majors will acquire an overview of historical and cultural features of the country/countries in which the target language is spoken.

Goal 3 – “To offer students opportunities to engage in meaningful experience within their target language(s)”


“Improve knowledge of human cultures”

Goal 1 – “Integrate international experiences and global education in curricular and co-curricular initiatives”

Alumni survey

Coursework in 310: Civilization and Culture course

Exit survey


All language majors

Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters

100% of majors must earn a 3.0 GPA for 310 courses

90% of students rate understanding of culture and history on exit survey a 4 or 5.



*Method(s) of assessment should include those that are both direct (tests, essays, presentations, projects) and indirect (surveys, interviews) in nature **Data needs to be collected and differentiated by location (Ellensburg campus vs University Centers – see NWCCU standard 2.B.2) ***Timing of assessment should be identified at different transition points of program (i.e., admission, mid-point, end-of-program, post-program)

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